from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bronze formerly much employed for cannon, especially for light field-artillery. It is now nearly supplanted by steel. See bronze.


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  • She couldn't see the barge of gun-metal clouds, the lifeless fire ants under her feet, or that it was time to go home.

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  • What made this pas de deux so vivid, besides the extraordinary, ice-green lighting of Jennifer Tipton, especially on the female dancer's gun-metal gray tunic by Santo Loquasto, was the grand yet throwaway dancing of Gillian Murphy: Imagine a Valkyrie on a romp.

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  • His original title was "Pale Blue and Green," a rather gentle description for the bleak industrial wasteland that serves not so much as the story's backdrop as its foreground: a depopulated landscape of rusted red, sulfurous yellow, gun-metal gray and sterile white.

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  • The glass and gun-metal office blocks were set well apart from each other, separated by artificial lakes and forested traffic islands where a latter-day Crusoe could have found comfortable refuge.

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  • Then I began to get (very) short stories printed in school magazines and I'd sit in my dad's study and do pretend typing on his gun-metal gray portable typewriter until I jammed the keys so badly, one time, that I was banned from that activity!

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  • That exquisite plate, with its intense meat flavors mingling with the iodine gun-metal taste of the oysters, was served at a recent weeklong event held at the Loft Project in East London—an experimental space regularly taken over by visiting chefs to strut their stuff.

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  • I know it's morning because the gray glop on the gun-metal aluminum tray slid under the door is oatmeal.

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  • France began to fly its gun-metal grey C-160 Transall transport aircraft into the cramped Dushanbe airport situated on the near edge of the sleepy, fragile Tajik capital with the proviso that it help renovate the dilapidated facility.

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  • Color levels are perfect; the film jumps between warm reds and oranges, gun-metal blues and whites, and sickly Romulan greens without missing a beat.

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  • He wears gun-metal glasses and dark, well-tailored suits.



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